Sunday, January 31, 2010

When There is No Altar Stone (Mass Kit with Portable Relic)

This is how it's done in the Latin rite: the relic is sewn into a corporal as seen here. 

This is then placed under the corporal for Holy Mass. 


  1. what's it called, JP? I forget. I remember seeing Fr de Malleray (or was it Fr Komorowski) with one of them...

  2. Is this the greek corporal?
    Does it goes under the mantles or over them?
    It has to be a first degree relic?

  3. Where does one get one of these. I have been wanting one for some time for my Masses while traveling.

    Fr. C.

    1. I have made these several times, email me

  4. This is the Latin version. The Eastern version is much more beautiful with a big print; often even signed and stamped, too.

    In former years the nuns made these. Just make your own, with the help of somebody who can sew. And stitch the cross on.

    The Latin ones are no longer available in Rome. I don't even know the name.

  5. It's called an antimensium. Here is another one: (site in Dutch).

  6. Why is the relic sewn in the corner? Is it placed under the corporal folded up?

  7. I'm sure I saw one sewn into the centre before...

  8. Wow! I was actually wondering whether antimensions existed in the Roman-rite.
    I would love to have one when I celebrate Mass.

  9. Father:

    Yes, I've seen one used in the Roman rite (E.F.).

  10. When I am going to make this one this weekend, I will place first class and second class relics, as advised by our Bishop, also he will consecrate that this time.

    You provide linen cloth then sew a sepulcher then find the suitable relics, second class are accepted, due to the rarity of the first class relics.

    Rome does not issue antimens, only relics, you can do it by the way

    Then protect the relic and place it in the sepulcher and lock.

    Then ask a Bishop or a Priest to consecrate it.

    NOTE: Priests have a faculty to consecrate the antimens without any permission, in places where the Bishop is too far.

  11. It is not sewn in the middle as to protect the relic from being smashed by any sacred vessel